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Thibault Benistant

Thibault Benistant

Working his way up the Yamaha Racing pyramid, Benistant has paved his way to the MX2 World Championship with titles in both EMX125 and EMX250 Championships. He won the EMX125 Championship in 2018 aboard a GYTR kitted YZ125 and was a contender for the EMX250 title the following year at his first attempt. During his rookie season, Benistant celebrated a podium finish at his home round in France and took his YZ250F to fifth overall. 

Remaining on a GYTR kitted YZ250F in 2020, the youngster from Avignon was drafted into the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team and moved to Holland in order to train close to the team's base. Realising his obvious potential and proving that hard work pays dividends, Benistant celebrated eight EMX250 race wins, six round wins and seven podium finishes on his way to securing the 2020 EMX250 title. 

Just three days after he was crowned EMX250 champion, Benistant signed on to race the next three MX2 Grands Prix. Racing his EMX250 Championship winning YZ250F, the 18-year-old debutant impressed with two top-three race finishes and a top-five overall finish in his third-ever Grand Prix. 

As a symbol of Yamaha Motor Europe’s commitment to the next generation of MXGP stars, Benistant was fast-tracked into the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team where he will campaign a YZ250FM for his first full season inside the 2021 MX2 World Championship. 

Personal Details:

Date of birth
: 31/07/2002
Place of birth: Avignon 
Nationality: French
Height: 181cm
Weight (kg): 74kg
Hobbies: Fortnite, table tennis
 

Career Summary:

2020: EMX250 Champion
2019: 5th EMX250 Championship 
2018: EMX125 Champion